Have a turkey leg!

This weekend we went with Nate and Katie to the Georgia Renaissance Festival. I hadn’t been to a ren fest since moving to Atlanta so I was looking forward to it. It’s a great festival – lots to see and do – and it’s huge. We spent about 3 hours just walking around. We also saw two Barely Balanced Acrobat shows, and both were incredibly funny and impressive. Roger ate a turkey leg (I grabbed a bite – delicious!), and I had a bread bowl of spinach and artichoke dip with a bottle of diet coke – surely, the meal served to King Author’s knights of the round table.

Roger and Rachel | GA Ren Fest 2009

The Barely Balanced acrobats…

Barely Balanced | GA Ren Fest 2009

What do crawfish, BBQ, auctions, and Jesus’ love have in common?

They’re all helping to send a mission team to Ecuador! This weekend, the Wilmer UMC Ecuador Mission Team is holding a crawfish boil and silent auction to raise money for the trip. I was tasked with making the flyer:

Crawfish Boil and Silent Auction Flyer

Doesn’t the crawfish with a chef’s hat just crack you up? Last weekend Roger and I hauled all of our auction items down to my parents’. Then Mom and I put together baskets for each item. We learned that working with cellophane is NOT FUN. Sure, we laughed plenty, but a lot of it was out of frustration over what we dubbed the cello-PAIN.

However, we managed to finish a few baskets. This one is full of fancy hair products donated by Rick and Leslie (thanks guys!). I almost kept the Green Tea shampoo for myself, because it smells so good.

Auction Basket

Mom bought shrink wrap this week and reported that it was much easier to deal with. So the rest of the baskets won’t cause the drama we experienced late Saturday night.

If you’ll be in town May 2, check out the auction and food. It’s for a good cause, and the company will be great. If you won’t be in town, but you still want to help out, you can send donations directly to the church:

Wilmer UMC
P.O. Box 156
Wilmer, AL 36587

Be sure to write “Ecuador Mission” on the check. Or you can give donations to me and Roger, and we’ll get it to the right place. Thanks for everyone’s support!

A Hometown Play

Last weekend Roger and I went to a play version of To Kill a Mockingbird. The play is presented in Monroeville, Alabama, Harper Lee’s home town. The town puts on the play each year, and I’ve wanted to go forever. If you haven’t read Mockingbird, go out today and get it. It was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I was lucky enough to teach it to a class of high school freshmen – and they actually LIKED it. I knew it was special then.

We got to the courthouse early to grab seats and then explored the town a little.

Roger and me at MockinbirdMom and Dad at Mockingbird

The play is fun. It starts outside the courthouse with a small set of house fronts. Then it moves into the courthouse for the trial and final scenes.

To Kill a Mockingbird set

My only criticism is that the play version is a little preachy (the book is more subtle about the issues of classism and racism), and they leave out most of the Boo Radley stuff. So anything dealing with Boo later seems really forced. But that being said, I still had a great time.

Good music, lazy cat, and a scrapbook

We’ve been busy the past few weeks! Last week we headed downtown to The Tabernacle to see one of my favorite bands Flogging Molly. It was a great show. They always balance their shows with music you know and some new stuff (which half the time you already know too). We sat in the balcony, and while I missed dancing like a crazy woman on the floor, I did NOT miss other people’s sweat and beer flying on me. I guess I’ll chalk this experience up to another milestone crossed – sitting in the balcony at a punk show AND prefering it.

Flogging Molly at The Tabernacle | Atlanta | 2009

Back at home, Amelia has found a new favorite spot to chill out. Since Roger cleaned up the office, the kitty has decided she needs to be in that room all the time. She poked around in there before the great cleanup, but now she has room to frolic if she chooses. However, she chooses to be lazy. I can’t really blame her.

Amelia in her favorite spot | Marietta | 2009Amelia sitting pretty | Marietta | 2009

To balance her time in Roger’s office, Amelia also tries to infiltrate the guest bedroom. Normally this is not a problem, but I’ve had the room covered in scrapbook materials for two weeks while I worked on my wedding album. And it’s finally finished! I’m still keeping the room off limits to Amelia though – just because I can.

Wedding scrapbook | 2009